Plants produce a diverse array of secondary metabolites, which are biologically active and can exert beneficial effects on the physiology of the respiratory tract, oxidative status, gut flora, feed digestion, growth performance, milk and meat quality, nutrient absorption, and immunity.
Consequently, products based on plant extracts can be used as alternatives to maintain and enhance productivity during the daily challenges of the poultry and livestock industries.
The use of natural products has five key advantages:
Heat stress occurs when the amount of heat produced by an animal surpasses the animal’s capacity to dissipate the heat to its surrounding environment. It is associated with increased mortality, digestive problems, metabolic imbalance, muscle dysfunction and impaired productivity across species.
Essential oils relieve heat stress through 3 main mechanisms of action:
In risky moments, essential oils optimize the functioning of the respiratory system:
Whenever there is a respiratory challenge, essential oils can be given together with the pharmaceutical treatment of choice to speed up the recovery.
The administration of essential oils, especially during the finisher stages, improves the taste and quality of meat:
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